My Family

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Starring Jimmy Smits and Edward James Olmos and featuring the first big-screen appearance by Jennifer Lopez, My Family (Mi Familia) tells the generation-spanning story of the Sanchez family as they emigrate from Mexico and attempt to create a life for themselves in the United States. The film is presented on this DVD in widescreen with the original English-language soundtrack available in both Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound and DTS Stereo. English and Spanish subtitles are included as well as is a selection of ...
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Overview

Starring Jimmy Smits and Edward James Olmos and featuring the first big-screen appearance by Jennifer Lopez, My Family (Mi Familia) tells the generation-spanning story of the Sanchez family as they emigrate from Mexico and attempt to create a life for themselves in the United States. The film is presented on this DVD in widescreen with the original English-language soundtrack available in both Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound and DTS Stereo. English and Spanish subtitles are included as well as is a selection of trailers for other titles available from New Line.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Gregory Nava's sprawling multi-generational saga of 60 years in the life of a Mexican family living in the U.S. is a tumultuous, funny, and moving experience. As the film traces the Sanchez family's history from the arrival of patriarch José Eduardo Lopez Rojas in Los Angeles through the gang wars and Salvadoran death squads of the 1980s, Nava focuses on the constant struggle of the immigrants to be accepted in their new country while retaining a pride in their ethnic identity. Although the film is at times sentimental with a plot that verges on soap opera, it's impossible not to be swept up in the lives of characters that are written and played with such passion and complexity. Dwelling on the divergent character types within José's family unit, from the hotheaded Chuco (Esai Morales) to the tortured Jimmy (Jimmy Smits) to the calmer Paco (Edward James Olmos), a writer who functions as the film's narrator, Nava rings plangent changes on a universally familiar theme. The film is also blessed by the plenary talents of cinematographer Ed Lachman (The Limey [1999], Erin Brockovich [2000]), whose lyrical use of light is one of its great pleasures.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/6/2004
  • UPC: 794043694424
  • Original Release: 1995
  • Rating:

  • Source: New Line Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:07:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 20,394

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Enrique J. Castillo Memo Sanchez
Jennifer Lopez Young Maria (uncredited)
Jimmy Smits Jimmy Sanchez
Edward James Olmos Paco, the Narrator
Esai Morales Chucho
Eduardo Lopez Rojas Jose Sanchez
Elpidia Carrillo Isabel Magana
Jenny Gago Maria Sanchez
Jacob Vargas Young Jose Sanchez
Amelia Zapata Roberto's Girlfriend
Abel Woolrich Ox Cart Driver
Leon Singer El Californio
Rosalee Mayeux Maria's Employer
Alicia del Lago Maria's Aunt
Thomas Rosales The Boatman
Susana Campos Little Irene
Constance Marie Toni Sanchez
Maria Canals Young Irene Sanchez
Jonathan Hernandez Young Jimmy
Samuel Hernandez Mariachi
Michael de Lorenzo Butch Mejia
Valente Rodriguez Chucho's Friend
Ernie Lively Sergeant
Peter Mark Vasquez Prison Guard
Scott Bakula David Ronconi
Lupe Ontiveros Irene Sanchez
Ruben Sierra Gerardo
Mary Steenburgen Gloria
Willie C. Carpenter I.N.S. Guard
Delana Michaels Judge
Valerie Wildman Sunny, Gloria's Friend
Michael Tomlinson Dr. McNally
Saachiko Nurse
Angelina Estrada Woman with Groceries
DeDee Pfeiffer Karen Gillespie
Bibi Besch Mrs. Gillespie
Bruce Gray Mr. Gillespie
Rafael Cortes Roberto
Technical Credits
Gregory Nava Director, Screenwriter
Pepe Avila Score Composer
Francis Ford Coppola Executive Producer
Guy East Executive Producer
Laura Greenlee Producer
Janet Hirshenson Casting
Jane Jenkins Casting
Edward Lachman Cinematographer
Lidsay Law Executive Producer
Tom Luddy Executive Producer
Mark McKenzie Score Composer
Roger Mussenden Casting
Nancy Richardson Editor
Barry Robison Production Designer
Mark Sanchez Makeup
Nancy De los Santos Associate Producer
Suzette Sheets Set Decoration/Design
Anna Thomas Producer, Screenwriter
Tracy Tynan Costumes/Costume Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Title/The Walk [8:26]
2. Barrio Angel [3:36]
3. Days of Change [5:10]
4. Mother & Child [4:52]
6. Chucho [7:10]
5. Fifties Felicidades[1:56]
7. Threats and Promises [4:40]
8. Mambo! [2:08]
9. Generation Gap [5:20]
10. The Last Dance [5:06]
11. Borrowed Time [11:57]
12. Man With Conviction [2:38]
13. The Nun and the Priest [4:19]
14. A Struggling Writer [1:39]
15. Revolutionary Groom [1:01]
16. Love and Anger [11:21]
17. The Help [10:10]
18. Parent Mortality [1:11]
19. El Niño Carlitos [6:13]
20. Something Remains [4:55]
21. End Credits [2:47]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Set Up
      5.1 Surround Sound
      DTS Surround Sound
      Stereo Surround Sound
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: Off
   Select a Scene
   Special Features
      Original Trailer
      More From New Line
      Behind the Scenes of My Family
   DVD-ROM & Online Features
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    As Always - Edward James Olmos delivers!

    I am taking a college class, History of Mexican Americans, and this was recommended viewing. What a wonderful and inspiring look at the lives of one family and its journey through the generations. It will be required viewing in my own home for my daughters to watch so that they can further appreciate their own Mexican-American history.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Must See!!!

    I watched this movie for my History class, and althought I thought it would be very boring, I was quite wrong! The movie starts with a rather funny introdution, then here come the breath-taking scenes of suspense and sadness. The movie has such a strong capacity of making the viewer feel the feelings the director is trying to show, it really pulls you into the story, and makes you feel like one of the characters. Honestly, this is a movie everyone should see, not only because it's rich in culture, but also because it's realistic, and it teaches us a bit about Mexican culture, Immigrants and their reasons to immigrate to another country, struglings of a typical Mexican family, and morals.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ONE OF THE BEST - A CLASSIC

    I watched this movie in a Hispanic Film class at the University of Washington. It was such a powerful experience that I minored in Hispanic Studies, completed a study abroad in Mexico and now tutor Mexican immigrants in English. Mexico and Mexicans have been there from before the U.S was a superpower. This movie gives a peek into how much it has cost them to be our neighbor (the U.S.). It's good to know, North America!! Remember, we took half their national territory BEFORE the gold rush made so many of us rich! BUT this movie is not only about A Mexican family. It's a great story that speaks to all families. You will see your family in this movie and feel the wonderful, complex, crazy dynamics that make up families all over the world. Don't all families have a Jimmy, a Guierrmo (who calls himself Bill), an Irene - or a crazy sister Toni?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Finally on DVD

    This is one of my favorite movies. It's a great story with fantastic acting. Jimmy Smits trying to reconcile with his son is still one of the most moving scenes in movies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Hiden Gem

    I had to watch this movie for a school assaignment for my Spanish class. When I rented it I thought it would be a boring move but from the moment it starts, it brings you into another world. You go through every emotion in this movie. I laughed and cried. There is a little something in it for everyone; Life, Death, Humor, Violence and a wedding. Everyone needs to watch this movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2003

    wonderful movie!

    Beware of marrying someone just so they can get their green card. Family is the most important thing. These are just some of the lessons that the imigrant family learns in this movie. You'll laugh, and unless you're Ebeneezer Scrooge, you'll cry!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2003

    What more can I say but, it breathtaking!

    When I first saw My Family, I have to admit that i cried several times throughout the movie. The Sanchez family protrayed in this movie is so realistic to that of most hispanic families. In where our hispanic and American cultures bond inside our homes. The way that this family saga is told, gives it that special touch. I just love this movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2003

    Can you get this on DVD already?!!

    Beautiful film documenting the Mexican-American family experience. A historical film. Please produce it in DVD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2002

    A MUST HAVE

    I have been looking to purchase this movie for years. Olmos, Smits & Conchita Alonzo are convincing and heartfelt in their portrayal of the Latino immigrant struggle in the US. You do not have to be Mexican to identify with and really feel what this family goes through throughout the generations. I highly recomend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2002

    I Give It A Five

    This movie was great. It is not very often that you see many movies with hispanics in it. I liked the way it shows different generations and what they all went through in time. How family has ups and downs but no matter what family is important and having a strong family is something everyone needs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2002

    A Beautiful Film

    This is one of the most beautiful films I have ever seen. It succeeds in capturing the fullness and complexity of chicano and Mexican-American heritage. Sometimes joyful, often tragic, My Family Mi Familia retells the story of a family blessed by a world of opportunity and scarred by a world of racism.

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